Emily's story - "When a baby needs to have their chest cut open it’s traumatising for everyone and you feel so helpless. The feeling is unimaginable."

My mum and I have been fostering babies for nearly four years now. Recently, we received a phone call asking us to look after a new born baby girl with a slight heart condition which led to us being in and out of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals numerous times over the last 18 months.Read more

Helen's blog - "Without the treatment I received at Royal Brompton my life would not be as it is today"

When I was 3 years old, my GP noticed that I had a heart murmur. I underwent further investigation which led to a diagnosis of aortic stenosis picked up by Dr. Rigby. Then, I underwent regular check-ups at my local hospital for many years.Read more

Sara's blog - "Not only have I got my life back, we got our family life back "

I started losing consciousness four years ago. Then, I was treated by the Cardiology department at the Countess of Chester Hospital. It was made a little complicated by the fact I fell pregnant, so they couldn’t do a tilt test to confirm I had Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.Read more

The ITU Team's blog - "Grand Canal Challenge is a great opportunity to spend time together whilst being active"

The ITU Team is taking part in Grand Canal Challenge for the third year in a row and we are all excited about it - the previous editions were very good fun!Read more

Steve's blog - "If I run, walk or crawl, I am determined to overcome this challenge"

Back in late March my Father, Graham Spittles, suffered some heart complications and was taken to, and treated at, Harefield Hospital. My family and I will be eternally grateful for all the emergency and critical care, expertise and ongoing support my father has received from all the staff at Harefield Hospital.Read more

Alex's story - "Volunteering for Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Charity is a true pleasure and I am loving every single minute"

In September 2014, I found myself needing to come into London every week for just an hour. Since I was in the area and would have a bit of spare time during the rest of the day, I decided to volunteer for a local worthy cause.Read more

Annette & Bob's story - "The first reaction we get when we tell anyone what we are planning is 'You are mad!' … and at this moment in time I am inclined to agree"

Bob and I are passionate about cycling as much as each other, which is why in September this year we are going to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats (a staggering 874 miles) by eBike and truthfully I am bricking it.Read more

Simon's story - "Compared with the open heart surgeries that Albie has gone through, surely this would be a breeze!"

I had been half-looking for a challenge, and then my wife forwarded me on an email. It talked about a crazy abseil challenge off the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower, to raise money for Royal Brompton Hospital - who saved my beautiful 3-year old Albie. I was in!Read more

Jara's story - "You always hear people say volunteering is so rewarding. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true"

Even though there are nearly 8.8 million people living in this busy town, it can be quite anonymous at times. That's why I find it very rewarding and satisfying to volunteer for charitiesRead more

Minakshi's story - "We booked another growth scan and my little baby still hadn’t grown after two months"

My name is Minakshi Maru. I was born on November 16 1987 with a heart disease known as Tricuspid Atresia, which wasn’t diagnosed until I went into heart failure at 3 months oldRead more

Sean's story - "Running saved my life... So, this weekend, I’m running the London Marathon"

In 1988, I ran my first international marathon in Paris in aid of CORDA (part of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity). Little did I realise, that in 2012 I would need the services of this hospital for a lifesaving double heart bypassRead more

Courteney's story – "I didn’t want a materialistic present this year. Instead, I wanted to do something for the people who gave me the best present of all, my Pappy’s life"

It turned out my Pappy had complete lung failure but that Royal Brompton had a machine, the ECMO, that could take over the job of his lungs while they repaired themselvesRead more

Kate and Kezzia's story – “My daddy is in heaven now, but I know he would be proud of what we have done"

On Saturday 24 March, I left my house in Bournemouth on a mission to deliver the money my daughter and I raised for Harefield Hospital.Read more

Alexander's story - "A little bit about me; I am Alexander and I am 12"

I was part of a competition at my school on “Inventions of the 21st Century”. I chose to give a speech on 3D printingRead more

Claire's story - "Our Mum remains to be the biggest fighter and strongest person ever. She’s our hero"

Without the world-class surgeons and nurses at Harefield, mum would not be here todayRead more

Charlotte's story - "I unexpectedly fell ill in November 2014 and, little did I know, my life was about to change"

It was only when my dad came with me to the GP and insisted I had a chest x-ray urgently that I started to understand the extent of my illnessRead more

Gary's story: Part 2 "The surgical staff at the Royal Brompton had done a wonderful job... and I was the proof"

Without these teams of experts, who truly offer a one-stop service from (pre)cradle to late senior life, I and hundreds, possibly thousands, of patients wouldn't be here today, leading fulfilling livesRead more

Gary's story: Part 1 "For the first time in my life I could walk longer distances - even run"

At the age of 5, with no natural improvement in my condition, my mother was faced with an agonising decision; I had to undergo ground-breaking open-heart surgery, with only a 50/50 chance of successRead more

The Britton Family's story - "The care, skill and dedication of the team at Harefield is unparalleled"

Without the skill and dedication of the team at Harefield, and the amazing courage and generosity of the donor’s family, our son might not have survivedRead more

Helen's story - "I was allocated to Harefield Hospital; a place that I loved as soon as I saw it"

In 1971, I was lucky enough to be able to study nursing at Harefield Hospital's School of NursingRead more

Fiona's story - "We quickly learnt that because of the rareness of the condition, there were only a few hospitals in the world that could look after them"

Our boys were diagnosed with a rare lung condition called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) at Royal Brompton Hospital when they were aged four and sixRead more

Kelly's story - "Harefield Hospital looked after my Dad like he was the most precious person – like he is to us"

At first, I thought it would be easy to write our story, but it hasn’t been as easy as I thought. It unearthed many emotions from a difficult year, but it may help me, as well as others reading.Read more

Leanne’s story - “I handed my tiny baby over to the surgeon, not knowing whether it would be a success”

Knowing my son and I are under the care of such an amazing hospital gives me so much happiness.Read more